Programs & Events

First Friday: Return of the Fly

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Sep. 5, 2014 | Friday, 5:00pm
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5-9pm; movie starts at 7pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences

Help me. Help me. The horror is back on the First Friday in September.

Return of the Fly poster: First Friday, September 5. Starring Vincent Price.Out of the world of atomic mutation it rises, with the dread curse of the father upon it! Join us for “Return of the Fly,” showing in the main auditorium Friday, September 5, at 7 p.m. Free.

Fifteen years after his father’s experiments with teleportation fail Philippe Delambre and his uncle François attempt to create a similar device on their own. However, their experiments have disastrous results, turning Philippe into a horrible half-man, half-fly creature.

In this 1959 sequel to “The Fly,” Vincent Price returns as uncle François, with Brett Halsey as his ill-fated nephew Philippe. Price is, of course, a legendary figure in cinematic horror, beginning in the late 1930s but blossoming with his performance in the low-budget “House of Wax” (1953) and more visible Poe vehicle’s “House of Usher” (1960) and “Pit and the Pendulum” (1961). The Merchant of Menace continued his Gothic reign until the mid-1970s when he semi-retired from films to pursue his love of gourmet cooking, but he returned to make a lasting impression in his final role as the Inventor in “Edward Scissorhands” (1990).  

The Museum stays open from 5 to 9 p.m. on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, or enjoy snacks and beverages from the Daily Planet Café. Additionally, the Museum Stores offer after-hours shopping (till 7pm) and an opening reception for members of The Pastel Society of North Carolina, whose show “Horizons: Touching the Sky” runs September 5–28 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.